Friday, February 18, 2005

ACLU Obtains More Torture Documents

U.S. Soldiers Posed in Photos of Mock Executions of Detainees; More Cases of Abuse Revealed in Newly Released Documents

February 18, 2005, 12:01 AM

NEW YORK–The American Civil Liberties Union today released files obtained from the Army revealing previously undisclosed allegations of abuse by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the documents are reports that a detainee who was beaten and seriously injured was forced to drop his claims in order to be released from custody.

These are the documents the ACLU obtained.

Nation’s largest newspapers play down a thousand pages of evidence of new torture

Washington Post relegates new proof of torture to page 16

The Washington Post, apparently jaded by month after month of reports of torture of Iraq, Afghan, and prisoners held by Americans in various other countries, relegated a thousand pages of new torture documents to page A-16 of Friday’s paper. That story, by R. Jeffrey Smith, is excerpted here.

The New York Times also dumped the story deep into the A-section, with a meager 633 words.

A few isolated events? A couple of "bad apples"? No, it's policy.